Understanding the Power of the Skin Modifier in Blender
Blender is undoubtedly a very powerful 3D application that features a wide range of tools. As a 3D modeler, there are many tools you'll probably be familiar with if you're coming from a different 3D application. In most programs you'll find the extrude command, subdivide, loop cuts and more. These tools all help you achieve the final 3D model that you want, and like most other applications there are powerful modifiers that let you do things like apply Boolean operations on your geometry. However, there is one modifier in Blender that can greatly speed up the 3D modeling process, especially for creature and character design, which is the skin modifier. This one modifier can allow you to quickly rough out the base mesh for your character in a matter of minutes rather than hours. In this article you'll learn about where this skin modifier can be used, and how it can benefit your workflow. We'll also run through a step-by-step video tutorial showing you how to setup your first base mesh using the skin modifier. If you want to jump straight to the video tutorial click here.